ERIC Number: EJ951724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Increasing Counseling Center Utilization: Yeshiva University's Experience
Schwartz, Victor; Nissel, Chaim; Eisenberg, Daniel; Kay, Jerald; Brown, Joshua T.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v26 n1 p50-60 2012
Yeshiva University established a counseling center during the 2004-2005 academic year. As a religiously based institution, the administration recognized that there would likely be significant impediments to utilization of on-campus mental health services as a result of negative attitudes about mental illness and its treatment--stigma. To combat these anticipated attitudes, the university put in place a number of assertive programs. Subsequently, rates of utilization increased to national norms within a relatively brief time, suggesting that a multifaceted outreach and referral campaign was as effective on this campus as at a secular institution. Of note, however, although utilization increased to national norms, levels of reported stigma remained significantly above national college norms, raising the intriguing possibility that stigma may not represent an absolute impediment to help-seeking.
Descriptors: Health Services, Counseling Services, Negative Attitudes, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, National Norms, Guidance Centers, Student Attitudes, Church Related Colleges, Outreach Programs, Use Studies, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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